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Tie Guan Yin (Iron Buddha) Oolong Tea from Driftwood Teas




Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Oolong

Where to Buy:  Driftwood Teas

Tea Description:

Tie Guan Yin or Iron buddha is perhaps China’s most famous Oolong. We sourced this handmade version from a small farm in Anxi County, in China’s Fujian Province, and believe this to be one of the finest Tie Guan Yins, or even teas, any of us at driftwood have ever tasted. 

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:


This Tie Guan Yin (or Iron Buddha) Oolong Tea from Driftwood Teas is one of the nicest of its type that I’ve yet to encounter!  I’m only on my first two infusions at the moment, so time (and additional infusions) will tell whether or not that opinion remains intact … but I’m liking what I’m tasting thus far!

This first cup (the combination of infusions one and two, following a quick 10 second rinse) is light, crisp and refreshing.  There are floral tones but they are not heavy or inundating, and I think that is what stands out most about this particular Tie Guan Yin … so often the floral tones are so heavy that they muddy the complexity of the cup … I like that I can taste the floral tones but they aren’t overwhelming my palate.

The flavor starts out light with a refreshing sweetness.  Towards the end of the sip, I notice a nice, creamy, buttery tone that hits the palate, and lingers for a short time in the aftertaste.  No bitterness and a moderate astringency.  A very relaxing cup.

In the infusions that follow, the floral tones emerge … but they are still not what I would classify as heavy or inundating.  I like that they are subdued and emerge slowly, so that the other notes of this tea can be enjoyed fully.

A really nice Tie Guan Yin … yep … definitely a must try!

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